Yankees put Gardner on DL with strained elbow

The Yankees announced after their 6-5 loss to the Twins Wednesday night that they have put outfielder Brett Gardner on the 15-day DL with a strained left elbow, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.

“We will have to sit him down for a while,” Joe Girardi told Marchand. “We’ll try to get him back after 15 days.”

In a corresponding move, the Yankees called up right handed reliever Cody Eppley from Triple-A. That leaves Andruw Jones, Raul Ibanez, and even Eduardo Nunez to man left field in Gardner’s absense.

If the Yankees were to call an outfielder up from the minors, Chris Dickerson is the most qualified, but he doesn’t have a spot ont the 40-man roster while Zoilo Almonte and Melky Mesa do. Colin Curtis and Dewayne Wise would probably be more likely than either Almonte or Mesa though.

Eppley, who made his Major League debut with the Rangers last year, hasn’t allowed a run in 6.1 innings at Triple-A this year. He has a 12.8 K/9 and a 1.4 BB/9 so far.

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